Monthly Archives: August 2011

Closer to the Truth

You can follow the action, which gets you good pictures. You can follow your instincts, which’ll probably get you in trouble. Or, you can follow the money, which nine times out of ten will get you closer to the truth. … Continue reading

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Science Is Hard

Yesterday, Dennis G. at Balloon Juice wrote: I have an aging relative who is struggling with the early phases of dementia, also known as Alzheimer. She spends her time watching the Fox News—and calling other relatives throughout the day with … Continue reading

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Killing With Praise

Last week, in advance of Hurricane Irene’s arrival on American shores, Eric Cantor remarked that any federal disaster money that was spent in the wake of the hurricane should be offset by cuts in spending elsewhere.  Cantor’s proposal was DOA, … Continue reading

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Signs Of Intelligent Life

Aaron Carroll at TIE is shocked to find a bunch of pretty solid ideas in the new Republican Governors Association document on health care policy. He goes through them, then concludes: In a rational world, with a functioning government, we … Continue reading

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What about the Dancing With The Stars finale?!?!?

President Obama has requested a joint session of congress next week to address them about the economy. There are two major highlights here: 1) He is going to spank their hypocritical asses pretty hard on being ignorant about economics and … Continue reading

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HELP WANTED: Project naming division

(via TPM) DARPA is set to announce a half-million dollars in grant money as Project Icarus comes to a close. The project’s goal is pretty cool: get a bunch of scientists to come up with a fairly technical and complete … Continue reading

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Why We Might Be Doomed

I’ll write something more coherent and extensive on this later, but here’s a brief thought as to why the the ever-larger share of the economy in the none-too-productive but highly influential finance industry might be destroying America. From the Yglesias post: From the Man-Sized Target post, … Continue reading

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) can write a good song, but he is one hell of an incoherent television critic.  Here he is taking on MTV and its awards show (at least that what’s I think he’s trying to do…): there … Continue reading

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Eisenhower, Nixon, Obama

A little while ago, PYM favorite Bruce Bartlett compared Barack Obama to Richard Nixon. The entire article, which argues that Obama was not the transformative president that his party’s base wanted to see, is worth reading. But I wanted to … Continue reading

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Just Exactly What The Facts Is

John Ellis, who has another middle name or two somewhere because he’s part of the Bush family, says that Rick Perry is closer to the GOP nomination than some may think: The Republican “establishment,” such as it is, is quickly … Continue reading

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Ochocinco sleeps with the fishes

Sorry to disappoint those hoping to learn that Chad Ochocinco is deceased.  He is alive and apparently well off enough to have some crazy ass aquariums installed in his home. Here’s the aquarium he had installed in his bedroom:

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Evaluating The Libya Intervention

Stephen Walt offers a judicious take on the success or failure of the international intervention in Libya: Even if Qaddafi set a very low standard for effective or just governance, the end-result of his ouster may not be as gratifying … Continue reading

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O’Reilly’s Sexual Harasymment

I can’t believe this is a real thing that might actually have happened: Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective … Continue reading

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Grading Obama’s Presidency

Building on a David Frum column, Sean Patrick Hazlett sets out his three main reasons for his view that Pres. Obama has failed: President Obama’s National Security Policy Undermined American Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts President Obama’s Healthcare Policy Was Ill-Timed, Wasted Valuable … Continue reading

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He’s Got A Mind Like A Sewer And A Heart Like A Fridge

“My brain is like a chicken pot pie. His is like a refrigerator that is all very organized—pickles here, salad there.” — Rick Perry in 1994, comparing himself to Karl Rove. That quote comes from an Economist story examining the … Continue reading

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It’s The Aggregate Demand, Stupid

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has a new small-business survey out (pdf). Now, this is a survey, not a quantifiable analysis, so it isn’t gospel. But you’ll never guess what– the problem with the economy is low demand: The long-term trend … Continue reading

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RIP Honeyboy

My blues-fu isn’t anywhere near where it should be, so I hadn’t heard of Honeyboy Edwards until I read of his death this morning. Still, reading his explanation of why the blues is eternal brought a huge grin to my … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda In The Sea

Galrahn at Information Dissemination had a wide-ranging post on Al Qaeda & US strategy a little while back. I don’t find the US’s reluctance to send combat troops into war zones as mystifying as does Galrahn. And we ought to … Continue reading

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